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A Few Friday Reminders…

This week we welcomed our students and families back to in-school learning, it was so wonderful to see all of the smiles (even behind the masks)! On Wednesday, we reviewed new safety rules and procedures with all classes through virtual assemblies and celebrated “I Read Canadian” with a wonderful read-a-loud called “Be You!” We thank you for all of your support preparing our students for back to in-school learning.

For our families, please remember to wear a mask when on school property (drop off and pick-up) and ensure to practice social distancing at all times. Students and families are encouraged not to congregate after school. 

NEW Health and Safety Measures!

As previously communicated, there are some new health and safety measures in place, including:

  • Updated School Screening Tool (Please see the link for the checklist) – On a daily basis, students, staff and essential visitors must screen for COVID-19  before going to school. Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home. 
  • Masks are now required for students in Grades 1-3, as well as those in Grades 4-12. Students in kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks. 
  • Masks are now required outdoors, during recess as well as common areas, in addition to in-class and in the gym.
  • Lunch /Snack Expectations: During eating times at school when masks are not being worn, students must remain in their own seat/desk and refrain from talking. When finished eating or wanting to speak, students need to put their masks back on. 
  • Students are discouraged from congregating before and after school.
  • York Region Public Health is recommending that students wear three-layer masks. Two layer masks are permitted if they are clean and fit appropriately.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.  You can also follow the Board’s Twitter feed: @YRDSB, or for information about YRDSB’s reopening plan, visit: www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.

Borrowed Technology

If you borrowed a device from the school prior to the break, we ask that you return the device to school, as the devices belong to our classrooms and students use them throughout the day in order to complete assigned work. Please be sure to return the chromebook in the bag provided or clearly labelled with your child’s name to their teacher so that it can be recorded as being returned on our inventory list. Devices will be sanitized and prepared for students’ use upon being returned.

Elementary Model Change Information

If you requested a change in program from in-person to virtual, or virtual to in-person, any change of program will take effect Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  For students returning to F2F learning on March 3rd, you will be notified on Thursday February 25th of your child’s classroom and homeroom teacher.

For students moving to the Elementary Virtual School your first day of synchronous learning is March 4th, and communication will be shared by the EVS school the week of March 1st, regarding classroom assignment and teacher. 

Kindergarten Registration

Registration has begun for the 2021-2022 school year. Children who turn four or five years old during 2021 and live within our school boundary will be eligible to register for kindergarten. Registration information is available on the YRDSB website at Kindergarten Registration. All new kindergarten registrations will be done online this year. Please see the link or email our school office at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca  for more information.

Grade 8’s Transition: Course Selection for Gr. 9

  • Gr. 8 students have been working with their homeroom teachers on transition planning and using  MyPathwayPlanner. Please connect with your child’s homeroom teacher should you have any questions. 
  • Grade 8 students will not be submitting registration forms for YRDSB secondary schools.  The deadline for course selections, completed through MyPathwayPlanner, is February 24, 2021 at 4pm by pressing ‘submit’. There will be no printing or signatures required by schools.
  • Any grade 8 students not continuing in YRDSB for grade 9 must use the “Not returning” option that will appear in the course selection tool when the course selection window opens.

We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.

Your partners in learning,

Thank you,

Wilshire E.S.

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Voluntary School-Based Testing for COVID-19

On February 1, 2021, Ontario’s Minister of Education announced plans and supports to successfully re-open schools across Ontario for in-person learning. Increased access to asymptomatic and symptomatic testing are key components of the re-opening plan.

York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) are working closely with the Ministry of Education and York Region Public Health to implement an asymptomatic screening initiative to support areas with high transmission, high case numbers and schools where access to current testing programs may be challenging. Once this initiative is fully implemented, approximately 5% of schools within York Region will have access to testing each week.

To increase access to testing for students, school staff, essential visitors and their families, York Region Public Health is partnering with Ontario Health (Central), YRDSB and YCDSB to offer drop-in community-based COVID-19 testing at two sites in York Region, in addition to the traditional COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

Drop-in testing will be available on Fridays and Wednesdays from February 19, 2021 until March 19, 2021 and will be re-evaluated based on the need in the school community. Additional testing dates for COVID-19 will be shared in future communications.

Collection methods for testing will include saliva and nasal swabs options. Testing is voluntary and consent will be required from parents or guardians for students under 18 years of age.

When and where will testing be offered?

Students, school staff, essential visitors and their families can receive a COVID-19 test (collection methods for testing include saliva and nasal swabs options) at the following currently unoccupied sites:

The school sites are walk-in sites and do not require booking an appointment in advance.

What to bring with you: Families are strongly encouraged to bring valid Ontario Health (OHIP) card to increase easy accessing of results (you can still get tested if you do not have one) and a face mask or covering, to be worn at all times.

How to access your results? You are able to access your COVID-19 test result online: covid-19.ontario.ca  Note: It may take several days for your results to be processed.

Why is this testing being offered?

Previously in York Region, school-based transmission was not identified as a driver of increased case counts locally, rather typically reflective of the number of community cases. This testing will: 

  • Support case finding in schools where transmission may be occurring or has occurred in the school environment to better isolate and control risk 
  • Provide more convenient access to testing for individuals who are part of dismissed cohorts
  • Increase access to testing for students and staff who are not symptomatic but are part of a school with dismissed cohorts or an increase of cases within the school setting
  • Allow for mildly symptomatic students and staff timely and easy access to testing to support case finding and isolation of these cases, preventing further transmission of the virus

What happens after I get tested?

After being tested, you must self-isolate while waiting for results if you have:

  • Been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19; OR
  • Travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; OR
  • Have one or more symptoms of COVID-19; OR
  • Been tested due to a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 or part of a cohort of students that have been dismissed at a school

Once you have received a negative test result, and you have no symptoms, you can return to your regular activities unless you have been identified as a close contact, been part of a dismissed school cohort or travelled internationally in which case you must still isolate for 14 days or as directed by Public Health. If one or more of the above criteria apply, please refer to the York Region and Child Care Screening Tool for more information about next steps.

In alignment with current public health guidance, if an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the individual must self-isolate at home for 10 days from the day symptoms started or if asymptomatic 10 days from the from test date; students may return to school after this period upon the guidance of York Region Public Health. York Region Public Health will be notified of the positive test result and will begin routine case management and contact tracing processes, similarly if an individual tests positive after being tested at an Assessment Centre.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow public health advice including adhering to social gathering limits, wearing face masks or coverings and maintaining a 2-metre physical distance from others. Together we can keep our families and communities healthy and safe.

For more information on COVID-19 and staying safe at school visit york.ca/SafeAtSchool

Questions

If you have any questions about the school-based testing initiative, please call Health Connection at    1-800-361-5653.

For general information about COVID-19 including symptoms, location of Assessment Centres in York Region and other resources, please visit our website at york.ca/covid19 or call Access York at 1-877-464-9675.

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Term 1 Report Card: Update

Term One Elementary Report Card will be distributed electronically with instructions on how to access the report between February 18 – 24, using your child’s GAPPS accounts.  

The Elementary Report Card provides you with information about your child’s achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas. The report card grade represents a student’s achievement of overall curriculum expectations, as demonstrated to this point in time.

For all Reports, our board will include the following statement: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment, as required by the provincial public health guidelines.” Overall, these reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first term. 

We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home. 

Sincerely,   

Janine Franklin

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Inclement Weather Day – February 16, 2021

Due to inclement weather conditions, school bus and taxi transportation has been cancelled and all York Region District School Board schools are closed to students today, February 16, 2021. The building is closed and classes will run online as they have been.

Synchronous learning will continue today for secondary as well as for elementary, as students have been learning synchronously due to the school closures. Once students return to in-person learning, previously communicated inclement weather day procedures will be followed. We will re-communicate these procedures once students return to in-person learning.

For elementary students, the regular timetable will be followed for synchronous learning throughout the day. It is a Day 1.

Stay safe.

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I Read Canadian! February 17th

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Wilshire is getting ready to celebrate the second ever “I Read Canadian Day” on February 17th!  We would love your involvement as we prepare to celebrate, because reading Canadian is a family affair!  

Here’s how you can get involved:

1)  Read as many Canadian authored and/or illustrated books as you can.  Have your child tell their teacher each time they read one so it can be recorded.  We’re trying to beat last year’s record of 649 books read!  I know we can do it!

2) Wear RED and/or WHITE on Wednesday, February 17th.

3)  Book recommendations from people we know are so important and we want yours!  What is your favourite Canadian book? Consider recording a brief video to share with our students about your favourite Canadian books.

How to submit a video using Flipgrid:  

Click here for the link​  and enter as a GUEST by entering the password:  WES384reads

Record your video and submit!  We are looking forward to sharing these videos with students as part of our celebrations on February 17th.

Thank you in advance!  We can’t wait to read Canadian!